Casey Myers Named Second-Team All-American By <I>Baseball America</I>

June 25, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Ending his collegiate baseball career as possibly the most decorated student-athlete in Arizona State University's long tradition of athletic and academic success, senior catcher Casey Myers capped his illustrious career by being named a second-team All-American for the second consecutive year by Baseball America.

Myers, who is currently playing professional baseball with the Vancouver Canadians in the Northwest League after being selected in the ninth round by the Oakland Athletics in the 2001 Major League draft, earned All-America status in three of his four years in the Maroon and Gold. In addition to his second-team mention by Baseball America in 2001, Myers was a first-team The Sporting News All-American and a second-team pick by Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA and Baseball Weekly. He became only the third player in Pac-10 history to repeat as the conference Player of the Year and was also a finalist for Rotary Smith Player of the Year Award and the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year.

Leading the Devils at the plate in 2001 with a .395 batting average and seven home runs, Myers put the finishing touches on a career that may go down as one of the best in ASU baseball history. Myers became only the third Sun Devil to reach 300 hits in a career and fell just nine short of the school record of 322. His 275 RBI rank second in school and Pac-10 history, just eight off the record set by former Sun Devil great Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99). Myers also ranks fifth with 815 career at-bats, seventh with 198 runs scored, fourth with 64 doubles, sixth with 39 home runs, third with 494 total bases and is seventh with his .384 career batting average.

In addition to his much-heralded success on the diamond, Myers recently capped a stellar academic career at Arizona State, graduating with honors in early May with a 3.97 GPA with degrees in Mathematics and Economics. A native of Case Grande, Ariz., Myers came to Arizona State in 1998 with a much respected academic reputation that saw him score a perfect 800 on the math portion of his SAT's. With his three selections to the University Division Academic All-America team and two straight Academic All-American of the Year honors, Myers has helped build an academic tradition within the ASU baseball program that has seen five AAA awards be awarded to the program in the last three years. Willie Bloomquist and Mark Ernster also earned AAA awards in 1999.

Myers is currently continuing his baseball career in the minor leagues, becoming the third member of the Myers family to play professional baseball. He will join his brother Cory, who is currently playing at the Single-A level for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and his father Clint, who after starring at Arizona State in the early 1970's, played in the minor leagues. In two games with the Canadians Myers is hitting .285 with two hits in his two games started. To follow Myers on the diamond this summer, point your web browser to http://www.canadiansbaseball.com.

--Sun Devil Baseball--

Copy By Jeff R. Evans
ASU Media Relations

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